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Will it really be that bad if Johnson wins again?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
Any discussion of the 2010 Sprint Cup championship invariably comes down to whether or not Jimmie Johnson can keep his unprecedented streak going. And those who have any opinion on the matter seem to really have an opinion on the matter.
Throughout this season, a huge number of comments have been made on this […]

Why pick anyone other than Jimmie Johnson?

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

 
By Richard Allen
 
The 2010 Chase for the Sprint Cup is now upon us. Inevitably, the question of who will emerge as the champion will be asked throughout this current week.
When people ask me that question my response is a simple one. Why pick anyone other than Jimmie Johnson? There is no glory in being bold… […]

Could this be the year for a non-winner to take the title?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

 
 
By Richard Allen
 
There has never been a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ranks to win a championship without winning at least one race during the course of a season. Benny Parsons won once in 1973 while Matt Kenseth took only one checkered flag in his title season of 2003. Those were the closest […]

Richmond race probably not what NASCAR was looking for

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

 
By Richard Allen
This time of the season is when NASCAR needs to put its best foot forward as the NFL and college football begin their seasons and thus provide strong competition for weekend television ratings points.
Despite predictions of plenty of no holds barred fender banging action, the Richmond race settled into a pattern of long […]

Here’s what Jamie McMurray is racing for over the next eleven weeks

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

By Richard Allen

Jamie McMurray is 128 points out of the 12th and final transfer spot for the Chase for the Championship. Short of some sort of miracle this weekend in Richmond, he will not be racing for a Sprint Cup title over the course of the season’s final ten races.
So, what does the Joplin, Missouri […]

Here’s what Juan Pablo Montoya has to race for over the next eleven weeks

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Most NASCAR drivers define success in a given season by winning races and making the Chase for the Championship. In 2009, Juan Pablo Montoya accomplished half of the definition of success by making the playoff and ultimately placing 8th in the final standings. However, he did not win a race last year.
2010 has […]

Here’s what Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has to race for over the next eleven weeks

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Yesterday, I posted pieces on what I believe Mark Martin( http://racingwithrich.com/?p=1267) and Kasey Kahne( http://racingwithrich.com/?p=1268) have to race for over the next eleven weeks despite the fact that neither will be racing for the Sprint Cup championship in 2010. Each of those drivers have legitimate reasons for not giving up on a season […]

Here’s what Kasey Kahne has to race for over the next eleven weeks

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
I have followed NASCAR racing for as many of my 42 years as I can remember and I have to say that Kasey Kahne is in one of the stranger situations of any driver I can ever recall.
When the announcement was made back in April of this year that Kahne would drive the […]

Here’s what Mark Martin has to race for over the next eleven weeks

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

By Richard Allen
Barring some unbelievable miracle, Mark Martin is not going to make the 2010 Chase for the Championship. And considering that 2009 was one of the most successful seasons in the Batesville, Arkansas driver’s career, that has to sting.
So for a driver who has accomplished so many things in racing aside from a NASCAR […]

Lack of Chase drama could create real drama in Richmond

Monday, September 6th, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
The Race to the Chase is essentially over with still a full week to go before the cutoff. Clint Bowyer currently holds the 12th and final playoff spot by a commanding 117 point lead over 13th place Ryan Newman. So, with the Chase for the Championship participants all but decided, what will happen […]

Will announcement of lost date affect this Atlanta race?

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

By Richard Allen
The 2011 Sprint Cup schedule is out and for the first time since 1960 the Atlanta Motor Speedway does not appear on that list twice. Next year, the 1.5 mile Georgia track will only host NASCAR’s top division on the Labor Day weekend.
Will the announcement that the facility is losing one of its […]

Here are some reasons for NASCAR to fine drivers

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

By Richard Allen
 
It was well documented a few weeks ago that NASCAR had fined some of its drivers for making comments and social networking posts the heads of the sport deemed detrimental. Virtually every major professional sports league has done that very thing at one time or another so to hear that NASCAR had done […]

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